Neuropsychology Clinic

What is the Purpose of a Neuropsychological Evaluation?

The major purposes of a neuropsychological assessment are to assist with questions about:

  1. Integrity of cognitive functions
    The evaluation is helpful to determine the presence, nature, and severity of cognitive dysfunction. We provide a baseline to monitor future changes in cognitive abilities, mood and personality, including treatment effects.

  2. Differential diagnosis to confirm or clarify a diagnosis
    Regarding differential diagnosis, we help to discriminate between neurological and psychiatric disorders. One unique contribution of the neuropsychological assessment is the detection and evaluation of cerebral dysfunction in the absence of clear anatomical evidence of alterations. We also identify psychological factors such as depression that contribute to cognitive dysfunction.

  3. Treatment planning
    We provide treatment recommendations for cognitive disorders and psychological adjustment, including a profile of strengths and weaknesses to guide rehabilitation, educational, vocational, or other services. We also determine cognitive capacity for work, school, and independent living.

  4. Capacity
    The evaluation can serve to assess capacity and readiness to return to work or other important life activities, such as financial management and driving, after a brain injury or neurologic illness. Such evaluations address whether a person is able, from a mental ability perspective, to make a successful return to major life roles. We address strengths and weaknesses with regard to performing such roles, and the adjustments and adaptations that may be necessary to optimize the chance of a successful return.

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